receptacle

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

re·cep·ta·cle

noun \ri-ˈsep-ti-kəl\

: a container that is used to hold something

: a device into which an electric cord can be plugged in order to provide electricity for a lamp, television, etc.

Full Definition of RECEPTACLE

1
:  one that receives and contains something :  container
2
[New Latin receptaculum, from Latin]
a :  the end of the flower stalk upon which the floral organs are borne
b :  a structure or tissue (as of a fungus or fern) bearing spores or sporangia
3
:  a mounted female electrical fitting that contains the live parts of the circuit

Examples of RECEPTACLE

  1. She used the box as a receptacle for her jewelry.
  2. <place all wrappers in the trash receptacles at the entrances of the theater>

Origin of RECEPTACLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin receptaculum, from receptare to receive, frequentative of recipere to receive
First Known Use: 15th century

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